I've got a huge obsession with Steampunk illustration right now, and using collage as a medium. Not sure how long the collage thing will last, but I've always kind of had a thing for Victorian and Steampunk-inspired design, so of course I've got to obsessively apply both to everything and anything. That includes things as mundane as the cover of my agenda:
Front n' back of my agenda cover, laid out flat.
It's kind of a pointless thing to collage, but I can't seem to help myself right now. It's become some sort of a bizarre, compulsive behavior.
A couple friends (all from OCAD) and I started up a sketch group over the holidays. While we all like OCAD (more or less) there was a general consensus that our university isn't really focusing as much on the technical skills as they should/we would like them to be, and that it's going to put us at a disadvantage in the long run. Panic + pressure = creative ways of compensating for loss. Hence, Sketchgroup was born out of a mutual sense of anxiety and perfectionism! I think its a good thing.
Each week we give ourselves assignments to complete, focusing on a particular area of technical skill that needs some serious work. January is anatomy month; for the first week we just concentrated on overall anatomy, and getting proportions correct. We used a basic stick-block-flesh method, except we added muscle in as well to the final overlays, to help familiarize ourselves with what's underneath the skin. I honestly think it helps.
Anatomy practice, steps 1 and 2
Final anatomy overlays, including basic muscle structure.
And of course, because I'm obsessed with Steampunk and collage, I had to decorate my sketchbook too:
Front and back of new sketchbook, minus the spine.
I'm really into aging things right now, so after I finished the exercises I tried aging the pages:
Stick figures from the 1st pose of anatomy exercise.
I'm not really sure what I think of the result, or if I'm going to continue trying. I think it's probably another redundant exercise on my part, since aging takes forever to dry.
The final part of our Sketchgroup assignment for the week was to do a concept sketch, based around the phrase "World of Hair" Apparently mine was depressing and bleak. I like to think it's witty:
The caption reads "I looked out on the world, and saw nothing but a desert of split ends, and the coarse fibers of time".
It's still a WIP, so I'll post the finished sketch later on in the week.